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Marilyn Hagerty: Dear Santa, the holiday season is getting busy in Grand Forks

Maybe you use a computer now. Probably Mrs. Claus still helps you line up the gifts and load your sleigh for you to deliver on Christmas Eve. I hope she isn’t bothered by arthritis.

Marilyn Hagerty
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Dear Santa Claus,

Maybe you use a computer now. Probably Mrs. Claus still helps you line up the gifts and load your sleigh for you to deliver on Christmas Eve. I hope she isn’t bothered by arthritis.

You know I’ve moved to Wheatland Terrace on 24th Avenue South, don’t you? I hope you will be able to find me here.

You wouldn’t believe all the things going on around Grand Forks this December! It make my head spin! Did you know there’s an Eggstravaganza coming up Thursday morning? The big breakfast is over in East Grand Forks at the Blue Moose and sponsored by the Greater Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce!

Then there’s the annual Christmas Musicale sponsored by Thursday Music Club on Sunday. That’s Dec. 4. For me, it’s always the beginning of Christmas joy. It always draws a large audience. And people go away ready to enjoy the jolly and sacred season. It’s being held at Calvary Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoon in the large auditorium.

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Usually I address these letters on Tuesdays here in the Herald to Dave McFarlane or Sandy Mason. Dave used to be in business here in Grand Forks. He and his wife live in Florida, but they still have children and grandchildren here in Grand Forks. The Masons have made their home down in Arizona ever since Earl retired as an engineer professor at UND. Sandy was an art instructor here.

For me, the Christmas Musicale is always the beginning of the merry Christmas season around Grand Forks. The shopping, the cards, the cookies, the gifts. Yes, even writing Christmas notes to relatives and friends.

Rock me music

Well, Santa, if you should get bored along the way on your sled trip, plan to stop somewhere around Grand Forks. You might run across a musical group called “Too Old to Die Young.” Yep, Santa, you would find them a group of musicians who seem to have lots of fun.

They were over recently entertaining at Wheatland Terrace. Let’s see. There’s Mark Flaten and Bill Houle who play guitars. Then there’s Ed Olson and Ted Hoberg. They play banjo and guitar.

They are a pretty jolly group. One of their songs was, “Rock Me Mamma Like a Rocking Wheel.”

Thinking about jolly, rocking music, there is Tom Brosseau. He’s on public radio at 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoons. That’s 89.3 or 90.7 on the radio.

Your friend, Marilyn

P.S. Santa, I haven’t had a bad year. Haven’t been too good, either.

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